On ‘possibility’

  title={On ‘possibility’},
  author={Jane I. Guyer},
  journal={Anthropological Theory},
  pages={355 - 370}
  • J. Guyer
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropological Theory
The article originates in a response to discuss ‘How Is Anthropology Going?’. Perceiving a new pattern in the almost 90 years looking backward and forward from my own undergraduate training, I concentrate on the recurrent concept of human ‘possibility’. Its changing referents are traced over four 20-year cycles, starting with Malinowski and Benedict (1920s and 1930s), moving to Gellner’s Thought and Change (1965), Marcus and Fischer’s Anthropology as Cultural Critique (1986), Graeber’s… 
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